First, an administrative note: if you’re following along the Old Testament readings during our Inward Journey you’ll discover both Joshua and Job lack a chapter reference. Use Joshua 24 and Job 42. Otherwise plan a little extra quite time to read those entire books!
Back to confession. This weeks message Closing the Distance engaged the discipline of confession. In short, we talked about how a lack of forgiveness in our life impedes our relationship with God and others – in potentially very significant ways. It’s worth a listen if you didn’t catch it. One of the questions that arises is, “What are the sorts of things for which I need to confess and seek (or offer) forgiveness?” It’s very difficult to answer this for another person. But if, as we have suggested, we suffer from having redefined sin (as not sin) and from a lack of awareness (ignored or forgotten), how do we proceed?? Well, herein lies a central rationale for the Inward Journey…the point of many of the spiritual disciplines we hope to introduce… Come near to God, and he will come near to you (James 4:8). The Spirit of God is our counselor, comforter, guide and the convictions within our soul. When we earnestly draw nearer to God, he is gracious (yes, gracious) to show us the error in our way, the blockades in our life, the sin we need to deal with, the forgiveness we’ve failed to receive…in the order and time and magnitude that is best for you. As you read your devotional book…listen. As you read scripture…listen. As you pray…listen. He speaks. You’ll hear and know what to do. And then, again, you will need the Spirit…to strengthen you for the task. Never fear, “…I am with you always…(Matt 28:20),” in the hearing and the doing. What’s Jesus saying to you today? What’s he compelling you to do?